Seaton, Feniton, Kilmington, Ottery St Mary, Upottery, Chardstock and Honiton all win on matchday five of the Tolchards Devon League

PUBLISHED: 18:06 03 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 05 June 2018

Ottery 2nds at home to Axminster 1st team. Ref shsp 21 18TI 3778. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery 2nds at home to Axminster 1st team. Ref shsp 21 18TI 3778. Picture: Terry Ife

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Matchday five of the Tolchards Devon League saw wins for Seaton, Ottery St Mary, Kilmington, Feniton, Upottery, Chardstock and Honiton, but there were defeats for Axminster and Uplyme and Lyme Regis.

Top billing goes to Seaton, who were 34 run winners on their B Division visit to Ipplepen.

Batting first, Seaton were led to 169-8 by an unbeaten half century from Joel Seward together with 39 extras and a knock of 23 from Joe Berry. In what proved to be a low scoring affair, the Seaton bowling, which skipper Ben Morgan had lamented just seven days before had been struggling to deliver consistent performances this season so far, was ‘on the money’ as Seward completed a magnificent all-round shift with eye-catching figures of four wickets for eight runs and Ben Libby chipped in with 2-26.

Ottery St Mary continue to look good for an instant return to the Division. Their fifth game of the C Division East campaign saw them thrash Budleigh Salterton by a margin of nine wickets. Budleigh, who won the toss and opted to bat, were left ruing that decision as they were, on what looked another good Ottery battings trip, bundled out for just 133 in 39.2 overs. Will Oxland top scored for the visitors, but his 42 run contribution was more than double the ‘best of the rest’ – the 16 from Joe Marley. Adam Jones (15) and Sean Mills (13) were the only other Budleigh batsmen to reach double figures. Ottery skipper Will Harrison was the only one of his six bowlers used not to claim a wicket. Ollie West claimed 3-14 in 6.2 overs and there was a tidy return of 3-17 from eight overs by Jody Clements. Joe Birch (2-18), Rob Johns (1-24) and Sam Brook (1-37) were the other Ottery wicket takers.

In the run chase, Ottery lose Ollie West, who was seeking a third successive league century, when he was caught and bowled having scored a run-a-ball 37with seven boundaries. However, that was as good as it got for the Budleigh bowlers as Alex Clements, who scored a 76-ball unbeaten 50 with 10 fours, and Dan Flower, who was not out 19, saw the Otters to another handsome win and they share second place with Kilmington behind all-conquering Sidmouth IIIs at the top of the table.

Kilmington claimed a fourth successive C Division East victory as they beat Alphington by a margin of 74 runs. Tom Gooding was once again the star of the show for the villagers as scored 104 and there were supporting knocks from Alex Rockett (48), skipper Brett Garner (45) and Matt Rockett (28) as Kilmington closed on an imposing 274-6.

Gooding then took a brace of wickets, finishing with figures of 2-35, helping Rob Crabb, who took 4-31, to bowl out the Alphas for 200.

Whimple were beaten by 17 runs in their C Division East game at Braunton where the home side batted first and were bowled out for a useful total of 264. Simon Harris (3-20) and Matt Richards (2-38) were the principle wicket takers for Whimple, who then replied with 247-8. Nathan Kidd (62) and Cameron Kidd (67) provided the bulk of the runs in terms of individual contributions as Whimple came up just short.

Feniton were 34 run winners when they won by 34 runs on their visit to Clyst Hydon.

Batting first, Feniton had contributions down the order with Chris May providing the best of the efforts with a knock of 57.

Others to chip in were; Jack Tucker (44), Jon Pyle (39), Mark Kingdon (35) and skipper Mark Salter (20) as Feniton closed on 246-7.

That always looked an imposing total and so it proved as the home side were restricted to 212-8 in their reply with six of the wickets shared by Jon French (2-55), Jack Tucker (2-23) and Mark Davies (2-53).

The win keeps Feniton in a mid-table berth. They sit sixth with 58 points, level with Exeter II and on Saturday, hey entertain second in the table Ottery St Mary 1st XI.

In D Division East, Upottery march on following their fourth straight win, this one a four wicket in an East Devon derby at Uplyme and Lyme Regis. Upottery skipper Mark Joyce won the toss and invited the home side to bat first and then watched as his bowlers did their work well, bowling out the hosts for 131 in 42.2 overs.

Mark Batey (26), Bruce Maltby (24) and opener Jed Whittington were the only home batsmen to get scores of 20 plus – though there were 23 extras. Lee Nessling claimed three of the first four wickets as he sent down a full complement of nine overs, returning impressive figures of 3-14. He opened the bowling with son Kalann (1-33 from 8.2 overs) , who got his wicket when he returned for a second spell. The other six Uplyme and Lyme Regis wickets were shared by Paul Wakefield (3-24 from nine overs) and James Mitcham (3-22 from nine).

Jack Larecombe and Matt Broom led the run chase, but were parted with the score on19 when Broom was trapped leg before by Malick Kudmany for just one, scored from 24 deliveries.

James Mitcham was next man in – and out – he failed to trouble the scorers, and, when Larcombe fell for 23 and Rob Tasker, for 18, the chase was wobbling on 58-4. However, Michael Arscott joined Ryan Pulman and they took the chase to 73-5 when Pulman was dismissed for 12 – like Tasker, caught by Charlie Moss off Sam Wooster.

Arscott was joined by skipper Mark Joyce, but the latter was caught and bowled by Laurie Thomas for a nine ball four boundary 18, with the score 106-6, but there were no more scares as Kalann Nessling (7) stayed with Arscott (20) to the close and Upottery sealed success with 10.3 overs remaining.

Chardstock were in fine form with the bat as they chalked up a score of 321-7 in their D Division East meeting with Countess Wear. Gary Larcombe (88) and Tom Warren (77) were the principle scorers, and there were supporting knocks from skipper Rob Hutchings (34) wicketkeeper Steve Allsopp (31). Countess Wear were then bowled out for 109 in 33.3 overs. They never recovered from being three down with just 19 runs on the board with Alex Watson claiming all three. Watson finished with figures of 3-22 from seven overs and there were a brace of wickets for three players; Richard Pyman (2-18 from seven), James Pyman (2-38 from five) and Gary Larcombe (2-11 from 4.3).

Honiton bagged a third E Division East win of the season when they defeated Ottery St Mary 2nds by 144 runs. Batting first at Mountbatten Park, Honiton were led to their score of 271 by Dave Haysom (77), Kieran Conway (63no), Corey Lapping (40) and 38 extras. However, that does not tell the complete story for Honiton were, at one stage, 179-9 before last man Corey Lapping strode out to join Kieran Conway and the pair put on a wonderful partnership of 92 for the final wicket. Lapping was the last man out, bowled by Albert Southall-Brown, but not before the ‘tail end charlie’ had scored his splendid 40 from just 32 deliveries, hitting four fours and two sixes. Conway’s unbeaten 63 came from just 44 balls and he hit eight fours and slammed three sixes.

The Ottery reply slipped to 78-9 before their last wicket pair also provided some serious resistance, but, in their case, the 49 runs that Matt Jeacock and Lawrence Walker added for the unbroken 10th and final wicker, proved to be in a losing cause. Jeacock’s 54-ball stay at the wicket saw him score two, but he stayed there in support of Lawrence who was not out 37 from 117 deliveries. To put the effort of young Lawrence into perspective, his 117 ball stay at the crease was longer than all the other batters (except of course for last wicket partner Jeacock) faced together!

Honiton skipper Adam Holmes used eight bowlers with five of them sharing the nine wickets. Ben Kidson (2-10), Ian Kelly (2-8), Corey Lapping (2-24), Willy Graham (1-32) and the skipper himself, with 1-30, were the successful bowlers.

Axminster suffered a 22 run defeat in their E Division game up at Bideford, Littleham and Westward Ho!

The home side batted first and closed on 284-5 with Bradley Conway (2-56) the pick of the Axemen bowlers. Conway then led what was an impressive run chase, but one that ultimately came up just short. Conway top scored with 74 and he was one of three Axemen to register half centuries with the other two being Dave Field, with 68 and Dylan Hurst, with 57, as Axminster’s reply came to a halt on 262-5.

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